Leading national sock manufacturer Fox River and its hometown Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage partner to encourage local women to get a mammogram and raise area awareness during breast cancer awareness month with an offer of free women’s socks to women receiving mammograms during the month of October.
Fox River is donating pairs from its signature women’s sock line, all featuring a knitted pink breast cancer awareness ribbon, to encourage women to protect themselves from this deadly disease. Fox River, the first manufacturer to create a sock specifically designed for the unique shape of a woman’s foot, have supported breast cancer awareness with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every pair of women’s socks being donated to breast cancer awareness and research organizations since the line was launched over a decade ago.
“This is a great opportunity for us to give back to our local community while supporting our women’s health initiatives,” says Judith Ott, Credit Manager for Fox River Mills and breast cancer survivor. “We participate in breast cancer awareness events all over the country, but always like to show our support to employees, family, friends and neighbors when possible.”
"It’s great to have partners like Fox River who can help MCRHC raise awareness of important issues for the health of our community and patients,” Julie Brown, Radiology Manager, said, “We strive to be the healthcare provider of choice and partnerships such as this one allows MCRHC to take our patient’s experience to the next level.”
Mitchell County Regional Health Center is promoting early detection of breast cancer with new digital mammogram equipment, purchased earlier this year. Digital mammography provides a much clearer image of abnormalities in breast tissue, making detection of breast cancer easier at its earliest stages. Early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, greatly increases the chance of survival. While digital mammography still requires compression of the breast, the health center’s mammogram unit features a “mammo pad”, a thin foam cushion, to minimize the discomfort.
During the month of October, Mitchell County Regional Health Center will also be providing free breast exams at its clinics in Osage, Riceville and St. Ansgar. Those dates have yet to be announced.
October is national Breast Cancer Awareness month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and more than 40,000 women die annually from the disease.